No small talk: Korea's new communication arena 2011/12/23, Source,
A new kind of concert has captured audiences in Korea, but there is no music to be found on its stages. Save for a microphone and the readiness to ask and answer important questions, the main act requires few props or effects. These "talk concerts" build not on well-strung melodies or upbeat dance numbers, but on the conversation that plays out on stage and in the audience.
On the evening of November 23, Samsung Electronics Vice President Lee Don Ju stood on such a stage at Konkuk University, where he addressed an auditorium full of students on the topic of dreams. The campus was the latest stop for the 2011 Passion Talks, the countrywide talk concert tour hosted by Samsung and Naver,...More
Many Young People Believe Online Rumors 2011/11/10, Source,
A substantial proportion of younger Koreans believe online rumors of impending doom as a result of the Korea-U.S. free-trade agreement and other conspiracy theories, a straw poll suggests. Some 49 percent in their 20s through 40s believe Korea will become an economic colony of the U.S. if the FTA takes effect,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/09/22, Source, It's time now to take a look at the five hottest issues in the Korean entertainment industry this week with "Weekly Star Scene!"
: We have our one and only, special Dami in the studio with us. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi Da-un! Hi Sean!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, our first story concerns top comedian 강호동, who has announced to his fans that he will be leaving the entertainment industry. For his fans, this was very surprising and yet unfortunate news,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
Buzzwords of Year 2010 in Pop Culture 2010/12/17, Source,
"My score is..". and "Cha Do Nam" (meaning a cold-hearted chic man of the city)
Many gloomy accidents and incidents including the sinking of corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island had occurred throughout this year in society, but many buzzwords had also been created and greatly loved by people in the popular culture. Popular programs such as "Superstar K - Season 2","High Kick Through The Roof", and "Bread, Love and Dreams" had entered the cradle of buzzwords, and those buzzwords had been talked about for a year by people, in pleasant times as well as times of suffering. But some buzzwords had aroused criticism and could not be kept as buzzwords. For example, the buzzwords created from the KBS comedy program "Gag Concert", saying "I am Dong Hyuk's old brother", which had made viewers feel refreshed, had been criticized by a civic group, who insisted, "the phrase is an inflammatory phrase base on populism",...More
State-funded broadcaster KBS denied Wednesday allegations that it has blacklisted some liberal entertainers, banning them from appearing on its programs.
The station again vowed stern measures against rumormongers, saying it had filed a defamation suit against c,...More
[REVIEW] Variety show "Haha Mong Show" - Premiere episode 2010/07/06, Source, Just who is the current target audience for "Haha Mong Show"?
Hosts MC Mong and Ha Dong-hoon (front) of variety show "Haha Mong Show" [SBS]
"Haha Mong Show" - First episode (SBS TV, Sunday 10:45 AM)
The first main guest [Korean singer Lee Hyori] on the premiere episode of "Haha Mong Show" is caught up in a plagiarism controversy while one of the show's emcees is being suspected of shirking Korea's mandatory military duties. "Haha Mong Show", which premiered on the small screen two months after its pilot broadcast, kicked off in the midst of unfavorable events surrounding the show. But apart from such external circumstances, the bigger problem lies in the "Haha Mong Show" itself and how the show was a mess overall,...More
Comedian Kim Je-dong will not go ahead with his eponymous talk show on a cable television network, Yonhap New,...More
[FOCUS] Wednesday/Thursday drama rivalry - Part 2 2010/04/19, Source, 6. Work and Love, Love and Work: The story for all three stories are set at the workplace
"Prosecutor Princess": It is impossible to perfectly reenact the process of investigation that prosecutors carry out unless the program is a reality documentary. However, "Prosecutor Princess" adds an abundance of detail into depicting the daily life of a civil servant. The show has received reviews that even regular office workers can relate to the portrayal of the job description of a rookie prosecutor. "Princess" could become a good example of an office drama if it lays out the process of investigations with common sense.
"Personal Taste": One can't really say it is specialized. The drama does not explain through what process a house is designed, how to trim the different kinds of wood in order to make furniture, or what the necessary preparations are in carrying out a bidding. The scenes where Park Gae-in takes part in a furniture exhibition and has Jun Jin-ho cut the acrylic from a blind in order to avoid an emergency situation adds onto the sense of reality in telling the difficulties one struggles as an employee.
"Cinderella's Sister": Everyone gathers together at the makgeolli brewery called "Daesungdoga". However, this Goo Dae-sung's world of abundance and is one of the things that Song Gang-sook wants, but it does not display any characteristics as a work place. One might forget that it is a brewery, if it did not show the scene of Goo Hyo-seon (played by Seo Woo) drinking the residue left after rice liquor is drained before going to school. As a whole, the story of the self righteous self-made owner, the femme fatale-like new lady of the house, and the naive yet talkative workers and large family all seem like trite set-ups,...More
Singer Lee Hyori, 28, will host the 2007 MBC College Pop Festival for the fifth consecutive time Oct. 6 at the C,...More
Rain Pours Out to Fans 2007/03/04, Source, K-pop star Rain met with 3,000 fans from 20 countries during a special fan meeting event held at the Weight Lifting Stadium in the Olympic Park, southe,...More
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